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Dr. Ronda Dennis-Smithart
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Inverted Nipples (Overview)

An inverted nipple (occasionally invaginated nipple) is a nipple that, instead of pointing outward, is retracted into the breast.


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What causes inverted nipples?

What causes inverted nipples?

Multiple causes: Inversion of nipple can happen physiologically. In this situation you should be able to evert it by manipulation. If inversion is more fixed and constant but long atanding, it may be due to previous episodes of infection or mastitis. If it is more recent and progressive there is cause for concern. Since it may be due to an underlying malignancy. So, if you notice a new change in your nipple such as inversion, irritation or discharge you definitely need to have a medical evaluation. ...Read more

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Dr. Ronda Dennis-Smithart
280 doctors shared insights

Inverted Nipples (Overview)

An inverted nipple (occasionally invaginated nipple) is a nipple that, instead of pointing outward, is retracted into the breast.


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What does a crusted, scabbed, inverted nipple mean, breast cancer?

What does a crusted, scabbed, inverted nipple mean, breast cancer?

Rule out cancer: If the crusted inverted scabbed nipple is something new then it is important to rule out breast cancer unless you have had an inverted nipple since pubertal growth of the breast. ...Read more

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Is there a way to treat inverted nipples?

Yes: First have an evaluation by a breast surgeon to ensure there is no underlying malignant pathology causing the inversion. This may include a physical exam and breast imaging. If there is no suspicious findings, the inverted nipple(s) can be corrected by a plastic surgeon. Make an appointment to discuss it with him/her. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat a mild case of inverted nipples?

What can I do to treat a mild case of inverted nipples?

Syringe suction: After cutting off the narrow end of the syringe, have mother moisten the smooth ( the larger hole) end of a syringe and apply it to her inverted nipple. Then she should gently pull the plunger out for 30 sec to 1 min creating suction to draw the nipple out. This should be repeated several times a day before the baby is born. ...Read more

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How to fix inverted nipples?

How to fix inverted nipples?

Breast feeding shell: If you have inverted nipples and plan to breast feed it is best to begin to draw the nipples out well before delivery. There are simple stretches that your pediatrician or lactation consultant can teach you. Wearing special breast feeding shells before delivery can also help. Breast feeding suction also draw the nipple out. Don't wait, start before delivery-to give your infant an easy latch on. ...Read more

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Is there are treatment for inverted nipples? Embarrassing question?

Is there are treatment for inverted nipples? Embarrassing question?

Yes, surgery: This can be corrected with surgery. I recommend you contact a plastic surgeon who can perform this procedure for best results. ...Read more

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Is there a way to cure inverted nipples without surgery?

Is there a way to cure inverted nipples without surgery?

Possibly: There are articles in the literature describinf the use of temporary nipple piercing to correct inverted nipples. The theory is that the scar that develops after removing the piercing helps to keep the nipple from retracting. ...Read more

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How do you get rid of inverted nipples and make them look natural?

How do you get rid of inverted nipples and make them look natural?

Many reasons: There may be many reasons for an inverted nipple but these are broadly categorized into congenital or acquired. Any newly acquired retraction particularly if associated with nipple drainage or bleeding should be urgently evaluated for possible neoplasia. Treatment may compromise the ability to nurse and lactation may help mild cases to resolve so it is best to defer treatment until after children. ...Read more

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I think I have inverted nipples. Will this cause any problems?

Not usually, but may: Inverted nipples can create a problem during breastfeeding by making it more difficult for the baby to properly latch. In some cases, they are also more prone to injury of the nipple surface. Even if the nipples don’t evert on their own, this characteristic should not prevent most women from successfully breastfeeding their children. ...Read more

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I have inverted nipples. Will they ever change for me and how do I get them to go erect?

Inverted Nipples: I recommend trying a non surgical approach called the nipplette. It is a suction device that works for most women. It can be found on line and you do not need a prescription. ...Read more

Nipple (Definition)

A nipple also known mammary papilla or teat is a small projection of skin containing the outlets for 15–20 lactiferous ducts. Its at the apex or top or breast ...Read more